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Tenant Tenacity- Color Solutions for Rental Property

By Alicia Murphy | August 20, 2012

There are some great things about being a renter as opposed to a homeowner. For instance; repairs aren’t your responsibility, lawn maintenance is often handled by the landlord and you’re free to uproot and move to a new locale with just a month’s notice in most states.

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One feature of rental life that most tenants do not find appealing, however, is the lack of ability to make your space your own. Fortunately with some temporary solutions you can at least bring more color to your rental property without endangering your deposit.

Temporary Wallpaper

One of my personal favorite recent introductions to the home improvement industry is temporary wallpaper. This removable and versatile wallpaper comes in a wide variety of trendy patterns, colors and designs that make the sky the limit with respect to decorating options. Simply choose a style that works for you, order online or in a local retailer if you should be so fortunate as to have one near you and prepare to personalize your space.

Installation is simple and this type of wallpaper can be used on any clean surface, even on the ceiling. Once you’re ready to move simply peel the temporary wallpaper off and wash the wall or surface where it had been hung.

Accentuate Lightly

If you’re looking for a more subtle color infusion you might consider painting a smaller space than the entire room, such as an accent wall or the ceiling. This way you bring in an infusion of color without having to commit to the task of repainting an entire room when you get ready to move. This not only saves you time but also money as well.

If you’re still not comfortable with the idea of painting at all you might consider letting your furniture and accent pieces do the work. Bringing in brightly colored pieces of furniture or shelving can add bursts of color throughout the room that you simply take with you when you go.

Just because you’re not ready to own a home of your own just yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a personalized space that reflects your taste in the meantime. With these and other temporary, non-committal fixes you can infuse your space with personality without exposing yourself to the headache of repainting before you move. Because as all renters and homeowners alike know moving is headache enough.

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010.As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding themtheir dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.
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